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History Portfolio and Resources

History Portfolio

The History program uses a portfolio to measure student achievement of program goals and to assess the program's effectiveness overall. The portfolio consists of a collection of the best work of a history major in his or her coursework and/or internships over the span of the college career together with a self assessments that discuss how these portfolio materials demonstrate achievement of the history major goals and learning outcomes.

Why the portfolio?

  • It offers students the opportunity to measure their progress over the course of the major. It can also reveal strengths, accomplishments, and mastery of the goals and learning outcomes that structure the history major.
  • It complements other assessment instruments, particularly those employed by the Teacher Education Program, to ensure that relevant state and national standards are met.
  • It gives each graduate a compilation of his or her best work to include in graduate or law school applications as well as to support job applications and interviews.
  • It enables history faculty to assess annually a group of history major portfolios that provides direct measures of students' performance and students' perception of their performance. It also allows faculty to compare those measures with program goals and learning outcomes and to consider possible changes, adjustments, or other responses for program improvement based on that comparison.

Completion and submission of a portfolio is also a graduation requirement. To that end, the program introduces the porfolio early in the student's academic career (in History 280: Practice and Method), and faculty advisors regularly monitor students' progress.

For more information on the history major portfolio, including detailed directions and electronic submission procedures, please review the 2016 History Major Portfolio Manual.

New: You may now use the Reflect tool to create your cover page and reflections online and send them to your advisor or save them as a PDF for your portfolio.


History Resources

The American Historical Association is the "largest professional organization in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of history and historical thinking," bringing together "historians from all specializations and professions" and "embracing their breadth, variety, and ever-changing activity." The AHA site offeres a number of resources for teaching and working in history.

The Gordon B. Olson Library at Minot State University supports the instructional and research program of the university by providing materials for historical research: books, periodicals, indexes, government documents, reference works, and access to a number of electronic databases and other digital materials. Librarians are available to help you learn to locate and independently use the library's resources.

Both the Library of Congress and the National Archives provide an excellent selection of digital resources for historical research as well.

Citation Information

The History program uses the Turabian/Chicago style as its standard for footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies, and paper formatting. This style is described in Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 8th Edition, and in the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Both of these manuals are available in the reference area of Olson Library and can be purchased through the MSU Bookstore as well as through many online book sellers.

Online Citation Guides

Please check with your instructor to see which resources he or she wants you to use. If you can use an online citation guide, then the Georgetown University Library has a good Guide for Turabian Footnotes and Endnotes. Although not fully up to date (as it uses the 7th edition of Turabian's Manual), this guide does give the basic format for the most common types of sources.

The University of Chicago Press also publishes a Turabian Quick Guide online that has citation formats for many types of sources.

Note: it is best not to use online "citation generators" of any kind. These programs frequently produce incorrect citations or citations with formatting errors that will paste into your document. Using the resources listed above will help ensure that your written work has correct and well-formatted citations.